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English definition of “stir”

stir

verb uk   /stɜːr/ us    /stɝː/ (-rr-)

stir verb (MIX)

B1 [I or T] to mix a liquid or other substance by moving an object such as a spoon in a circular pattern: Stir the sauce gently until it begins to boil. Stir the egg yolks into the mixture. She paused to stir some milk into her coffee. Slowly add the flour, stirring until completely blended.

stir verb (MOVE)

C2 [I or T] to move or to cause something to move slightly: A light breeze stirred the leaves lying on the path. He stirred in his sleep as I kissed him. stir (yourself) to wake up or begin to move or take action: Come on, stir yourselves, or you'll be late! The alarm clock went off, but she didn't stir.

stir verb (CAUSE EMOTION)

C2 [T] If something stirs you, it makes you feel a strong emotion: I was deeply stirred by her performance. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The speech stirred the crowd to take action. [I] literary If an emotion stirs within you, you begin to feel it: Hope stirred within her heart. [I] UK informal disapproving to cause trouble intentionally between other people, especially by telling false or secret information: There's a lot of gossip about me going around. Have you been stirring?
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stir

noun uk   /stɜːr/ us    /stɝː/

stir noun (MIX)

[C usually singular] the act of stirring a liquid or other substance in order to mix it: Could you give the soup a quick stir?

stir noun (EXCITEMENT)

[U] informal a lot of interest or excitement: The scandal caused/created quite a stir at the time.

stir noun (MARCH)

[C usually singular] Indian English an occasion when a group of people march or stand together to show that they disagree with or support something or someone; a demonstration
(Definition of stir from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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